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China and IP ownership: a risk worth taking?

China's record for not recognising intellectual property ownership is a concern for many foreign companies doing business there. But staying away from such a vast market is not an option for an ambitious global player. Erika Morphy looks into ways of avoiding IP pitfalls when doing business in the country.

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Raising Hull: how culture and investment are resurrecting an English city

The once-prosperous port city of Hull in eastern England has suffered numerous setbacks over the past few decades, resulting in social and economic problems. However, as Richard Gardham discovers, its status as the UK’s City of Culture for 2017, and a $420m investment from engineering giant Siemens to build a wind turbine production plant, have given the city genuine reasons for optimism

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Europe and US ramp up restrictions on Chinese FDI

The US and the EU are reworking their investment controls to restrict the acquisition of critical technology companies by countries such as an increasingly powerful China, which enjoys access to free markets globally while limiting its own. Philippa Maister reports.

EU sues Ireland over €13bn Apple payment

European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager gets tough over Ireland’s perceived tardiness in reclaiming funds owed by Apple.

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US and Canadian cities vie for new Amazon headquarters

Talent and housing availability look to be key criteria in retail and tech giant Amazon’s search for a second headquarters location in north America

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Viewpoint: A five-point M&A plan for UK companies during Brexit

Although Brexit has raised short-term concerns over FDI flows, the UK economy’s compelling pro-business characteristics should see flows continue at a robust rate. The recent dip in overseas buying of UK companies is also likely to be short-term, though businesses seeking overseas buyers should present the best case to attract foreign corporate suitors, says Lord Leigh of Hurley.

Hutchinson latest target of India’s retro taxation

India’s $5bn retrospective demand for taxes, interest and penalty from Hutchinson for a deal done in 2017 could spook investors. N Chandra Mohan reports.

India signs $12.9bn FDI deal with Russian oil giant

Rosneft’s acquisition of Essar Oil is the biggest foreign acquisition in India’s history. 

Facebook announces $750m data centre in Ohio

Social media giant Facebook is building its 10th US data centre in New Albany, Ohio, at a cost of $750m, writes Karen E Thuermer.

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Will digitalisation be the end of FDI flows in manufacturing?

Digitalisation, best seen in Industry 4.0, will transform how things are manufactured around the world. This could disrupt current business models and shake up global FDI flows, writes Martin Kaspar.

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